Fisher Avenger Rigging


I have just discovered your site and must say it is very kind of you to take time out of your day to answer these questions.

I have a 1999 Fisher 18 Sport Avenger (Aluminum Vee, actually 19'-0") with a 1999 115 Mercury 2-stroke.  Currently I can achieve approximately 50 mph at WOT.  I am unsure the actual tach reading is accurate at 4800 rpm.  I decided to purchase a CMC manual jackplate with 5 1/2" setback, to gain a bit at top end speed.  The current steering is rack & pinion.

My Question:
When I tried to install the jackplate I noticed that my steering cable did not have enough radius clearance to assure it would control adequately.

Since this boat is aluminum with a high transom the only option I see is to replace the steering cable with the extra length required.  The issue is, I would have to drill another hole in the transom to achieve the proper bend radius of the steering cable when I extend it to match with the new setback of 5 1/2".

Have you ever run across this situation?  If so any suggestions on properly connecting my steering cable would be appreciated.




The aluminum boat builders don't give us much extra cable so yes, you will have to buy the longer one. Drill the new grommet hole and you should be good. We do the same at our shop. 




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Mark C.


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